Seeds of the Kingdom 16 September 2022: A Life of Service

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A Life of Service
by Peter Horrobin

“This is what the Lord says: If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me.” – Jeremiah 15:19, NIV

Seeds of the Kingdom 16 September 2022 MESSAGE

In recent days the whole world has been impacted by the death of Queen Elizabeth. There have been some amazing television programmes reviewing her life. Many times, we have been shown a clip from the speech she made on her 21st birthday in Cape Town, when she publicly committed herself to a lifetime of service, whether her life be long or short.

The very centre of the Queen’s life was a commitment to serve – both Jesus, the Lord of her life, and the people who were covered by her reign as Queen. She took her coronation vows seriously. More recently she has been quoted as saying that she hoped Jesus would return in her lifetime so she could lay her crown at His feet!

A desire to serve the Lord should be the natural response of a sinner to the Saviour who rescued us from eternal death. Our Scripture for today contains a deeply challenging message. For there is an implied question in God’s word to Jeremiah about the real motives of the heart. God promised to restore the people if they repented, but what would they do with the restoration that God offered them? Would they, perhaps, shout “Whoopee” and dance off to continue living unchanged lives?

Or would they, in brokenness and humility, and out of deep gratitude to the Lord, commit themselves to a life of loving service, because of their deep love for the One who had restored them – the One who lifted their feet out of the miry clay and established their lives on the Rock?

There are more challenging words in verses 12 and 13 of Hebrews 4. Here we read that the Word of God judges the thoughts and intentions (attitudes and motives) of the heart. As we watch the many programmes about the life of the Queen, and watch her funeral service on Monday, I pray that many believers will respond to the challenge of our Scripture for today and out of love for their Lord, commit themselves to a life of service.

We may not have a physical crown to lay at His feet when He returns – but we don’t need to wait till then, for we can lay our lives at His feet here and serve Him now.

Ephesians 2:10 reminds us that “we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” God prepared the Queen in advance for an amazing life of service. But here’s the very good news, He has prepared things for you to do as well!

Seeds of the Kingdom 16 September 2022 PRAYER

Thank You, Jesus, for Your supreme love for humanity manifested in the cross. Thank You that You committed yourself to a life of sacrificial service. Thank You for the restoration that You promise to repentant sinners. Help me, Lord, today to renew my own commitment to serve You now, and for the rest of my days. In Your Name, Amen.


Seeds of the Kingdom 16 September 2022 Daily Devotional s written by Peter Horrobin is the Founder of Ellel Ministries International, which began in 1986 as a ministry of healing in the north-west of England. The work is now established in over thirty-five different countries, providing teaching, training and personal ministry opportunities. (www.ellel.org)